Soft wearable robots

Soft wearable robots

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This chapter focuses on the recent and growing efforts in the field of soft wearable robotics and discusses how this technology can be used in a variety of contexts. This rapidly emerging field will not replace traditional exoskeletons but offers new possibilities to augment the performance of healthy individuals but also restore function for impaired individuals with residual capacity, i.e. where only small to moderate levels of assistance is needed to improve function ability (e.g. walking, grasping). The application requirements for soft wearable robots are fundamentally different than those for rigid exoskeletons, necessitating fundamental technological development in areas of actuation, human interfaces, sensing, control and system integration.

Chapter Contents:

  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Soft wearable robots to assist locomotion
  • 3.3 Soft wearable robots to assist the upper extremity
  • 3.4 Soft wearable robots for implantable applications
  • 3.5 Emerging directions in soft wearable robots
  • References

Inspec keywords: wearable robots; service robots

Other keywords: healthy individuals; exoskeletons; soft wearable robotics; soft wearable robots; impaired individuals

Subjects: Prosthetic and orthotic control systems; Robotics

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